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  • 12 years in business
  • 158 hires on Thumbtack
Tiffany L.
Verified review

We hosted a holiday dinner for a party of 14 and Chef Sat was absolutely incredible. He was very responsive, flexible, prepared, professional, and easy to work with. From choosing the menu to executing the dishes, everything was perfect and stress free. Most importantly, our guests loved his dishes and we were able to relax and entertain as hosts. We highly recommend him and will surely invite him back again!

Passionate Plates
4.8
from 60 reviews
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa J.
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Had a Christmas Party for 30 people in my home. Food was prepared on-site. As guests arrived first and caterers second, the kitchen was full of guests nibbling on appetizers. Alisa and her assistant blended right in working around guests. The food was delicious! All guests commented about how wonderful the food was and how pleasant Alisa and her assistant were. Clean-up was provided, and they did a great job at that too. It made enjoying guests and myself fantastic! Planning for the event was seamless, organized and expeditious! When I have another party for my 50th this year, Passionate Plates and Alisa will be on "speed-dial"!

Taste for the Senses
4.9
from 39 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
Jean D.
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I have been to several events which Taste of the Senses catered. They all have been above and beyond my expectations. The quality and quantity of food surpasses those of other caterers at the events. His menu includes tri-tip, ceviche, and tamales, among other delicious, homemade authentic Mexican fare. Arturo and his crew go to all lengths to adjust to the event and circumstances, whether it is a wedding, a quincianera, or a fundraiser. They are friendly, hard-working, and talented, and I recommend Taste of the Senses highly.

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  • 4 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Deborah S.
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My Family and I have enjoyed anniversary and holiday Dinners with Chef Albert for a few years now, his bubbly personality grasped your attention for the love of what food can be, we also loved the sous vide Turkey and his spicy infusion techniques, all his homemade ice cream for desserts and are prepared with fresh fruit and berries and is always delicious. it has been an inspiration to have him as part of our family and giving us the opportunity to expand our pallet & a new way of cooking.

Polkadot Dinners
4.8
from 31 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Kim P.
Verified review

Polkadot Dinners is our favorite caterer. Rachel is one of the most professional caterers I know in the area. Her food is absolutely amazing and her presentation of her display of food just ties in with the theme of her menu which is a added plus. Definitely within anyone budget she can make it happen. Highly recommended.

Aurora Catering
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Landon T.
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Dawn and Marty were simply amazing. Marty is the chef and is more passionate about food then any chef I've ever met. He went beyond the extra mile to prepare amazing food for our wedding. The quality of the food and the the caliber of service provided by Dawn was outstanding. We live over 300 miles away from where the wedding was held so we had to hire our caterer remotely. We were worried about that at first, but Dawn put us completely at ease. She arranged for a site visit and then a private tasting at their facility. That was AMAZING! Appetizers, main courses, desert AND wine. What a great preview. Dawn helped us coordinate our order with the rental company and gave lots of helpful tips. Marty accommodated a special request my bride wanted which was to replace the traditional wedding cake with a tiered 60 cup Creme Brûlée desert tower! Wow... incredible. I heard several guest snuck two helpings :) Dawn and Marty were not just Caterers, they became family to us as they helped make the day a huge success! We would absolutely recommend their service to others and will use them again!

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Nancy Gerbault
4.8
from 30 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Laura W.
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Nancy was great to work with. She created a custom menu for our wedding and the food was plentiful and fantastic! We even got to keep the leftovers. We highly recommend her.

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DidiCoco's
4.8
from 26 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Vee H.
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I have always had a positive experience with the catering staff. The owner is responsive, professional and provides great service. The food is delicious and I would highly recommend DidiCoco's for your next event.

Basic Catering
4.3
from 24 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Te C.
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I hired Basic Catering for a dinner party. We had salmon and chicken breasts with asparagus and a variety of salads. The food was amazing and the presentation was beautiful. Will definitely order from them again.

Kincy Catering Plus
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Carlos H.
Verified review

I had a fantastic experience with Kincy Catering. All of the food dishes were great! The ribs were tender and juicy and had a very good flavor. My wife especially enjoyed the smoked chicken. Kincy also served a delicious macaroni and cheese for one of the side dishes that was a perfect complimant to the meal. One of the biggest selling points to Kincy Catering is the variety of different cuisines they offer, from traditional Soul food to Mexican and Chinese. They simingly can cater to all your request. I highly recommend Kincy Catering and i will defiantly use them in the future.

Divinity Events
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Allison A.
Verified review

We needed someone last minute to help with a holiday party and Raquel saved the day! She was on time, professional, friendly and anticipated every need of mine and my guests. Now if only there were two of her! We look forward to working with her again.

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east bay chef
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amanda N.
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Jon has a great personality and added so much to our executive dinner party! The food was amazing and he left my bosses kitchen cleaner than when he started. I would highly recommend Chef Jon for future corporate and private dinner parties

Strings Italian - Livermore
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Juanita M.
Verified review

We had to provide forks, overall the food was great and plenty. Thanks so much for last minute catering.

Julie q
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kati S.
Verified review

Julie was such an amazing caterer for our wedding. The food was delicious!! She has a great variety of food to choose from and it is all amazing. She also provided table settings and a beverage table. Julie was right by our side the whole way with quick responses and offering more assistance when needed. I recommend her for any type of event!

Chefjonstuart&family
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Emani K.
Verified review

Chef Jon and family was everything the dr ordered the food was excellent and the customer service was even better.I will be using him for all my catering needs.

  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Mike P.
Verified review

I couldn't have asked for a better experience having Chrysalis Catering working my son's graduation party. Tameeka had great communication skills. She always kept in contact with me before and during the event. She was professional and attentive to the needs of the party and made sure the meal was prepared on time. My guests were also impressed with Tameeka and asked for her card to cater their future events. This was the first time I used this app and my wife and I were pleasantly surprised. Chrysalis Catering is top notch.

About

I offer catering and cuisines for events, parties and social events. Menus options are available. I do Mexican and California cuisines.

About

We do all kinds of events from small buffets to large to table service, taco carts, and even group events.

  • 12 years in business
About

We are a family based full service catering company. Specialize in down home southern cooking. Food prepared with only the finest quality ingredients. Utilize local products. Have a history in corporate catering and weddings. We can provide quality full service from a small two person every to a large group of 300 plus.

About

I make sure that I do things in the right way, and I do a fast-paced work. We work as a team with others, getting the money and hours I want.

About

We do weddings to small, sit-down dinners at your house. We can make whatever you want. We also have a BBQ we can bring if that is what you want.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do you find a good caterer?

Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

Do you tip a wedding caterer?

Tipping 15 percent to 20 percent on a $3,000 catering bill can feel daunting — especially in light of all the other costs of throwing a wedding — but tipping your wedding caterer is standard practice. Be sure to ask your caterer about their specific policies. Many catering companies include gratuity as a line item on their bill. If tipping is not automatically included in your total, a good approach is to tip all the people involved the day of the event rather than paying one lump sum to the catering company. For each server and bartender, you can tip $20-$50, depending on how long they were onsite and whether they did exceptional work. You can also tip the chef; experts suggest $50. It’s also a good idea to tip the catering manager, the point-of-contact person who keeps the catering service running smoothly the day of your wedding, ensures all the food looks beautiful and is plentiful, and resolves any mishaps. Industry pros recommend tipping the catering manager $100-$200. If gratuity is not included and you’re tipping individuals, set aside $200-$500 in cash to be safe.

How much does wedding catering cost per person?

Wedding catering costs will always vary based on the number of guests you’re inviting, the menu you want to serve, and the way the food will be served to your guests. As you interview wedding catering companies, you’ll be presented with a cost per person for various menus. On the low end, wedding catering may cost approximately $15-$18 per person. This would include prepared food only, with no setup or service of any kind. The starting price for a simple buffet meal with minimal service typically averages $22 per person. Opting for the same menu with all organic ingredients could raise your costs to about $33 per person. A moderately upscale menu (finer ingredients, more elaborate presentation) could range from $24 to $34 per person. High-end wedding catering cost truly has no limit. Lobster, filet mignon, specialty seafood, organic ingredients — menu choices like these can boost your cost per person up to $150 and more.

How much does it cost to hire a caterer?

Catering prices depend mainly on how fancy you want the food and service to be and how many guests you’ll have. When you’re first looking to hire a caterer for your event, consider how many guests you’ll have and your total food and drink budget. The national average for event catering is $340, but catering prices can range into the thousands depending on your menu, guest count, and service.

Event catering is a broad term that covers everything from fully prepared, ready-to-eat food that the hosts plate and serve themselves to full-service, multicourse meals, including rental of linens, glassware and other items, with service staff organized by the catering company. Usually a caterer will determine cost based on the type of event you’re having, how many guests will attend, the level of service you desire, and what type of menu you’d like to have. For example, if you have a set catering budget, say $1,500, and you plan to have 50 people attend, that means you have $30 per person for food. If you have the same budget with 100 people, you have $15 per person for food. In this way, the number of people you want to attend your event and the level of food you want to serve them determines how much catering will cost.

What should you look for in a caterer?

A delicious meal is a critical element of a successful wedding, with happy guests fondly remembering your fabulous wedding food. The right caterer for you will be:

  • Available: Even the best caterer is no good if they aren’t available on your wedding date. Ask early before you get your heart set on someone.
  • Affordable for you: Find a caterer that you can afford. Having a spending plan ahead of time will mean you won’t overspend on food.
  • A good personality fit: Wedding planning is stressful, so work with someone that you can get along with and communicate with easily.
  • Experienced and recommended: Ensure the company has a proven track record with events of your size and the references to back it up.
  • Transparent about money: Steer clear of shady pricing. Find a caterer who is very clear about costs and is happy to talk you through budgets and pricing options.
  • Transparent about food: Find someone who is clear about where they source their food from and where it is prepared.
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